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Although the "Fast Lane" doesn't move at epic speeds, it still manages to advance the story and demonstrate why Barry is such a likable superhero character.
Fastlane goes a long way to remind me why I fell in love with this show.
There was no tokyo drifting nor cars leaping from one building to the next, but The Flash tried to channel The Fast and the Furious during "Fast Lane," with Barry's speed in question and Joe tapping into his furious nature.
We've had a few tantalizing glimpses of this alternate world, but based on the next couple of episode titles, it appears we'll be getting a longer visit.
Caitlin confirms that Barry is moving exactly 2 percent slower than usual as of late, eventually prompting Harry to confess to his scheme and expose the blinky speed-sucking device.
Fast Lane is the tried and true "Villain of the Week" format, but instead of bolstering the show it chips away at its weaknesses. Instead of being thrilled by The Flash, I am consistently bored because it feels like nothing happens.
While there were a couple moments here and there that stood above mediocre, for much of this installment I felt like Harry as he watched Barry quickly absorbing those scientific texts. Kind of annoyed that it wasn't going better.
The conflict with Tar Pit felt like little more than a means to an end and a way to set up next week's big Earth-2 adventure. But at least there was plenty of good Dr. Wells material to offset that flaw.
While one would think that a villain who can essentially cover any street and warp it into anything he wishes might make for some visually exciting fight sequences, the show's budget prevents the baddie from troubling Barry with more.
It's not terrible or insulting to the intelligence, but it's about as dull a 45 minutes as I've ever seen The Flash produce. And "dull" isn't a word I ordinarily associate with this show.
This is the Barry that's become one of my favorite superheros on television. He's earnest wants to see the best in everyone.
If you don't care about the West family after this episode, including Wally, you are simply damaged inside.
With the exception of Harry coming clean to the team about his double-dealing, and the reconciliation among the West family members, there wasn't a whole lot of story advancement in this episode.